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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do archeologists date food production?
(a) X-rays of the food
(b) Genetic testing of human descendents
(c) Radiocarbon dating of materials at the site
(d) An examination of written texts

2. The arrival of founder crops enabled local populations to become what?
(a) Rich
(b) Nomadic
(c) Obese
(d) Sedentary

3. The idea that there is a sharp divide between nomadic hunter-gatherers and sedentary food producers is what?
(a) Based on historical evidence
(b) A scientific guess
(c) True in all areas
(d) A misconception

4. The Giant Leap Forward occurred when?
(a) 10,000 years ago
(b) 2,000 years ago
(c) 25,000 years ago
(d) 50,000 years ago

5. Which area was prominent in the development of weapons?
(a) North America
(b) South America
(c) Western Europe
(d) Africa

Short Answer Questions

1. Which large mammal was found in Australia about the time humans arrived?

2. The ability of societies to have non-food producing specialists, like soldiers, was due to what?

3. How did the Moriori avoid conflict?

4. What is one explanation that Diamond gives for why food production didn't begin earlier in some ecologically better areas?

5. The arrival of humans on many of the continents coincided with what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Diamond's objective in studying the societies of Polynesia?

2. What misconceptions exist about the transition from hunter-gatherers to food producers?

3. What are the four stages in how diseases are transferred from animals to humans?

4. What does Diamond argue determined when a group would adopt food production?

5. Where does Diamond say more research needs to be done?

6. Why do some scholars argue that Europeans expanded and conquered others but China did not?

7. What are several stages in the development of plant domestication? Which plants were domesticated in each stage?

8. How did the domestication of animals give some societies an advantage?

9. What made the spread of Austronesian culture possible?

10. Where did writing develop and what was it like?

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